Congratulations to all the students who auditioned and made the cast for Guys and Dolls!
The Finneytown community will see how a “bushel and a peck” of students from Finneytown High School “can do” when the students present their production of Guys and Dolls JR. beginning April 11, 2019, it was announced today by Shawn Maus, the show’s director and Drew Cohen, President of Music Theatre International (MTI). Guys and Dolls JR. features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon. “From Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide and Sarah, to their fellow gamblers, performers and crusaders, Guys and Dolls JR. is filled with so many well-loved characters. We applaud these students for their hard work in creating the world of this musical and the characters that populate it. We think they deserve a standing ovation from the community for all of their work,” says Maus.
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls JR. follows Salvation
Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of Times Square to Havana and back again.
Nathan Detroit, who is permanently engaged to psychosomatic showgirl Miss Adelaide, may
be forced to fold Detroit’s Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game unless he wins a
bet from slick high roller Sky Masterson. When Sky gambles that he can woo any “doll” Nathan
counters that Sky will not be able to convince an upright (but uptight) missionary named Sarah
to go to Havana with him. At first, Sarah easily resists the rakish Sky, but eventually both Sky
and Sarah teach each other a lesson on winning.
We are proud to announce the following as cast and crew members:
Benny Southstreet – Cam Bruder
Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Lavar Allen
Rusty Charlie – Aidan Sloan
Sarah Brown – D’Asia Feister
Lt. Brannigan – Adrian Ramsey
Sky Masterson – Isaiah Thornton
Miss Adelaide – Joelle Reid
General Cartwright – Ally Amend
Aunt Arvide– Megan Haarlammert
Nathan Detroit – Dakota Brooks
Harry the Horse – Amanda Gast
Big Jule – Jayden Girdler
Mimi (Hot Box Girl) – Kay Knicht
Hot Box Girls/Ensemble: Amelia McMahan, Ashley Hafner, Bella Garcia, Jenna Koopman
The crew will be:
Robert Thomas Denike, Grace Plaut, Liberty Wilson, Kate Spoonamore, Bronwynne
Rodenhauser, Saya Amend, Ella Hursch, Randy Fleming, Audrey Kimnach, Alyssa Becksfort, Caitlyn Ramsey, Anna Tenhundfeld, Robbie Reeb
Maus returns to Finneytown as the director for this production. He was the theater director for
15 years and co-author of a book about the history of the performing arts at Finneytown. He is
currently an adjunct professor at The College of Creative Arts at Miami University in Oxford,
and is working on his MFA in Screenwriting from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts.
“I’m truly honored to return to Finneytown and work with the next generation of students who
want to continue the traditions of the award-winning theatre program,” Maus added.
Finneytown High School will present Guys and Dolls JR. on April 11-13 at the William R.
Swartzel Performing Arts Center located at 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, Cincinnati, OH.
Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door the night of the performance. The online ticketing
portal will be set up at a later date.
Guys and Dolls JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials
are supplied by Music Theatre International 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, (212) 541-4684, mtishows.com.